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Notts County manager hits back at ‘laughable’ Dover over postponement claims

Notts County manager Ian Burchnall hits back at ‘laughable’ Dover over their postponement claims which got everyone talking this week.

The game was called off five hours prior to starting, coming after getting the green light in a pitch inspection at lunchtime, and Magpies fans on their way

This was the second time the fixture had been postponed, with the initially date, scheduled for the 8th of January, affected by heavy rain two hours before kick off.

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Hours after the second postponement, Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter lashed out claimed the National League postponed this game, blaming “undue pressure from Notts County on the authorities” and branded the decision “an absolute disgrace”. Watch that HERE.

Notts County explained that Tuesday’s decision, which was made at 2:15pm, was taken by the match official in accordance to the weather forecast and based on reports of the lunchtime inspection.

Nottinghamshire Live was told by sources close to the league that they were not involved in the decision to call the game off other than to ask the officials to take ownership of the situation, making the Dover chairman look silly quite frankly.

However, Parmenter insists it was the National League who made the call for the game to be postponed and vowed to make a formal complaint.

Notts County issued a statement saying they “vehemently reject” the claims and head coach Burchnall said: “It’s kind of laughable to suggest that we would want the game not played, or that there was any pressure from our end.

“The only thing we want is clarity of information to give to our fans, especially as they are travelling long, long distances to support the team, and the better information we can get, the better prepared we can be.

“That’s it. So we just want that communication.

“There’s not been a single game that has been called off that we were not ready to play.

“Every one of those games, we were fit, ready and raring to go.

“We were desperate for the game to be on, and desperately disappointed that it wasn’t.

“We communicate things our way, we put a statement out, and if their chairman wants to come out and talk, that’s his prerogative. I don’t pay too much attention, really. I just focus on the next game, which is Eastleigh.”

Burchnall added: “(It was) very frustrating, to be down there. A lot goes into every game and that’s now five cancellations that we’ve had since December 21, I think.

“So it’s really frustrating, because you put a lot of effort into the preparation, and the games, but obviously it doesn’t come. So we fall a little bit behind now in terms of fixtures played.

“But again, it’s things that are outside of our control, so we just have to try to get back all the things that we can control, and work really hard at that.”

“I think we have to train well, I think we have to train hard, and we have been,” said Burchnall. “The players are putting it in on the training pitch to make themselves prepared. It’s never easy when you have periods without a game. We saw that when we came back after a two-week league break with the Wealdstone game – where we were so rusty in the first half.

“So we really have to push the training to make sure the players are ready, and physically ready to cope with Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday.

“But the squad is in good shape. We’ve rotated a lot for games against very good teams in the trophy, and we’ve demonstrated the strength of the squad, and I think that’s going to be more important now, as we may end up with three games in six days at some point.

“We’re going to need to rely on the squad to rotate and players coming in performing. I’m confident they can do that, as they’ve shown that in moments in the Trophy and in other games.”

Notts County manager hits back at ‘laughable’ Dover over postponement claims

Asked about the latest team news, Burchnall said: “As it has been. Just Jim O’Brien that is out at the moment. Everybody else is fit and well.”

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